Portland jail officials say breach that led to inmate sex wasn’t first security lapse

Posted March 24, 2012, at 2:20 p.m.
Arien L'Italien
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
Arien L'Italien

PORTLAND, Maine — Jail officials in Portland say a security breach two weeks ago that allowed a male inmate to sneak out of his cell to have sex with a female inmate wasn’t the jail’s first security lapse.

Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce said Friday that a review of jail records prompted by a request from the Portland Press Herald shows that inmates in 2002 got out of their maximum security cells on two occasions and jammed a cell door lock on another. In those cases, the inmates didn’t make it into other cell areas.

The jail is reviewing its security procedures after 23-year-old Arien L’Italien allegedly sneaked out of his cell and crawled into a female inmate area where he met up with a woman who allegedly jammed her cell lock.

Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

 

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